UK-born, Berlin-based producer Bearcubs today announced the release of his sophomore album and follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut LP, Ultraviolet. The forthcoming project, Early Hours, will be released on May 15 via Independently Popular, featuring the brand new single “Overthinking ft. narou”. A nuanced and soothing R&B-infused collaboration with fellow Berlin resident narou, the single is a return to form for the emotive electronic musician. Listen to “Overthinking” here.
A meticulously skilful producer, with a sound underpinned by warm textured synths, soulful feather-light vocals and addictive sound design elements, Bearcubs (aka Jack Ritchie) has created his own fiercely independent path. The release of Ultraviolet in 2018 cemented him as a versatile producer and innovative songwriter.
After a much-anticipated relocation to Berlin last year, Bearcubs discovered a new energy for creating music. When his personal and creative paths aligned, he was offered the opportunity to score the debut feature-length film Relativity by emerging director Mariko Minoguchi, which premiered at the Munich International Film Festival and was nominated at the BFI London Film Festival. After time spent absorbing his new surroundings and the slower pace of the city, his newfound perspective culminated with the birth of his second album Early Hours, a varied and entrancing journey of his time spent in London at the beginning of his musical career.
In Jack’s words, “‘Early Hours’ is a tangled day dream of different experiences, living in London working in a pub whilst trying to write music, transient relationships, friendships lost and gained again, loneliness in the city, the hazy euphoria of partying and being up till the early hours with your friends around you, thoughts of the real world out of mind.“
Musically the album transitions from slow-burning soulful moments to club-ready tracks, showcasing Bearcubs’ ability to move across the spectrum of genres whilst maintaining the intricacies of his early productions. From spending his teenage years in punk and hardcore bands to playing with a 10-piece hip hop group, Early Hours is a testament to Jack’s sonic versatility.
Additionally, Bearcubs announced a string of shows across the UK & Europe to support the album later this year, hitting premier venues in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, London and more.